I have been a seeker, and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul ~ Rumi
Check out this time lapse of Julia's sweet and sweaty morning vinyasa class at Ocean Sound Yoga! One Love! <3
I've been traveling a ton recently, and have a LOT more trips planned for the next few months, so I'm super grateful to be at home for the time being... moving, breathing, and sweating in my house with my cats, Moo and Chili, keeping me company. This is the first little time lapse I made with my new GoPro Hero4, and I'm stoked for what this camera can do! Giving thanks for yoga, my furry family, my cozy home, and the chance to be wild and free no matter where in the world I am. One love <3
Song is "Wobble Weeble" by Dubmatix, who I am currently obsessed with!
"When hearts are filled with joy
Check out this time lapse of the class I taught on Xmas Eve, when I was blessed to be joined with a room full of sweaty, smiling yogis from all over the world. I'm not that big on Christmas, because I think that every day is a cause to celebrate family, friendship, and the fact that we are all One. Still, I get that people love this holiday, so I'm more than happy to crank some funky Xmas tunes and shake things up. The song on this track is one of the ones I played in class - it's a Lou Rawls remix by the Gaff, and you can check it out and download it via Soundcloud.
Whether you believe in virgin births or are a total anarchist, let's make every day a chance to remember that we are all One, and that Christmas will really be Christmas, when the whole world smiles again. One love, and happy holidays <3
"Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha"
Ganesh is the elephant headed God who is known as the remover of obstacles, and the God of new beginnings. I love the story of how Ganesh came to be ~ as the legend goes, the goddess Parvati was all alone as her husband, Shiva, had been called away from their home on Mount Kailash. Parvati was lonely, so she asked the Gods for a son to keep her company. They listened to her prayers and gave her Ganesh, who stayed by her side and protected her while Shiva was away. One day Parvati was bathing, while Ganesh stood guard. Shiva returned, and Ganesh, not recognizing his father, whom he had never met, stopped him from seeing Parvati. Shiva didn't realize Ganesh was his son, and in a rage chopped off his head. Parvati was so distraught, and explained to Shiva that he had just killed his son! Shiva promised to bring Ganesh back to life, and found an old elephant who offered his head, as he had already had a long and joyful life. So, Shiva used his powers to fuse the head to the body of his son, and Ganesh, the elephant headed God, was born. He is one of the most well known, and best loved, of the Hindu Gods.
It's clear why Ganesh makes a great remover of obstacles - not even getting his head chopped off could stop him. He teaches us that no matter what stands in our way, or how great our challenges are, we can find a solution. Sometimes we just have to get creative ;)
By invoking this mantra we tap into our own source of strength and creativity, and set an intention to move past our challenges and instead focus on success and achieving our desired outcome. We awaken our own Shakti energy, and invite powerful transformation into our lives.
This mantra can be sung or chanted throughout the day, whenever the desire arises. It can be particularly powerful when repeated 108 times, especially with use of a mala.
To follow along with an audio recording of the mantra to Ganesh, click here for a YouTube video. If you want something a little more modern, and pretty funky, listen to Elephant Power and Ganesh is Fresh by MC Yogi (posted below). To hear the story of Ganesh, rap-stylee, MC Yogi's Son of Shiva track is awesome :)
I'm crazy about this super-chilled remixed track of Bob Marley songs. I play it often in yin and restorative classes, and love to listen to it while I go to bed. Turn down the lights, relax, and enjoy...
I posted this on my Instagram and Facebook yesterday, and a lot of friends had positive feedback and seemed glad I posted it, so I thought I'd share it here.
It's real talk o'clock! My truthiest truth is that every time I see a photo or video of myself (or look in the mirror), my first thoughts are to look for all my perceived flaws. I check to see if my belly looks too flabby or my ass looks fat. I criticize myself a lot. I'm really sick of it and I'm not doing it anymore.
The fact of the matter is, my body is awesome! It lets me stand on my hands and put my feet on my head! That's pretty fucking cool! Never mind the fact that I'm able to run and swim and dance and play, and my body carries me all over the globe. I'm so fucking lucky, and should be so grateful for my body for serving as my vessel as I travel through time and space.
My body is a combination of hard muscles and soft curves, and this is good. It's covered in beautiful art, and some scars. I'm proud of both.
I post pictures of myself (often in yoga poses) not to get praise, but because it makes me feel vulnerable, and I think that's a good thing to feel. Writing this makes me feel really vulnerable, so I think it's definitely the right thing to be doing!
Thank you, body, for being so kind to me, and I'm sorry I'm a bitch to you sometimes. I'm going to stop now! I love you!
At Ocean Sound Dive + Yoga, we often have guests remark at what a good combination diving and yoga make. While we do have many guests choose to visit us because we offer yoga, as well as PADI scuba diving courses, we also have a lot of students come for the diving, and then decide to try yoga for the first time once they are here. These first-time diving yogis end up finding out that diving and yoga are actually very similar - and that a yoga practice can dramatically improve one's comfort and skill level when below sea level. I thought I'd take a bit of time to explain exactly why that is!
Our motto, at Ocean Sound, is "Experience Your Breath". This is because both diving and yoga are really all about breath awareness and control. When we think about diving, we tend to think about floating effortlessly through the aquatic world, observing and enjoying the marine life and landscape. When we think of yoga, often funky body poses come to mind first - in either case, we don't generally immediately correlate these activities with breathing. However, any diver, and any yogi, will tell you that their ability to enjoy their activity, whether swimming with the fishes, or moving around on a mat, depends on their ability to consciously manipulate the breath. Without breath awareness, both diving and yoga become difficult, if not impossible.
In yoga classes, students are guided to become conscious of their breath and work to breathe more slowly and deeply. When they take these skills underwater they will be able to extend their dive time as their air consumption will be reduced. This means more time to explore the underwater world!
Also, breath awareness will give divers better buoyancy control- as we teach students in their PADI Open Water Course, the way in which one breathes will affect their position in the water. As such, with conscious, controlled breathing, as taught in yoga classes, divers will be able to use their lung volume to adjust their depth. This makes diving effortless and fun for the diver, and also makes it a lot more environmentally friendly! Divers with good buoyancy control are able to avoid kicking corals or damaging aquatic life, which is, of course, extremely important!
Through the practice of the asanas, or poses, of yoga, students will be in better condition, physically, and will be fit for diving, avoiding potential problems with over-exertion caused by poor physical condition. The yoga poses also help make people more aware of their bodies and so they will be better able to swim efficiently and will be more hydrodynamic. This will allow them to maneuver in the water to better see aquatic life, without damaging the environment, or scaring our underwater friends!
Finally, the yoga practice helps to calm the mind and trains students to detach themselves from feelings of tension or stress. This can benefit both beginning divers, and more experienced divers who dive in challenging or technical situations as developing a calm mind is undoubtedly essential for divers when feelings of anxiety or stress could otherwise arise. It's totally normal for first-time divers to feel anxious, but with a few deep yogic breaths, feelings of tension soon melt away and students are absorbed in the beauty of the aquatic world!
If you're interested in finding out for yourself what a good combo diving and yoga make, send us an email with any questions, or to book your time on Koh Tao with us.
We don't actually teach yoga classes underwater. We get asked this a lot! To effectively use the yoga poses as part of a practice, you need to take deep breaths... but you also need gravity.
As much as I love reggae, sometimes I just want to rock out. This 90 minute vinyasa playlist is full of some of my favorite classic rock n' roll songs, plus a few fresh beats mixed in.
Easy Like Sunday Morning - Faith No More
For What it's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Baby I Love Your Way - Big Mountain
Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
Black as Night - Medicine for the People
Fresh Feeling - Eels
Skinny Love (Das Kapital Rerub) - Bon Iver
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
The Love Cats - The Cure
Close to Me - The Cure
Walking on the Moon - The Police
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
Full Moon - The Black Ghosts
Woods - Bon Iver
Click here to listen to the playlist on Grooveshark
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